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Izzy Young
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Izzy Young sitting in his store in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29, 2014
Israel Goodman Young

(1928-03-26) March 26, 1928 (age 90)
New York City
ResidenceStockholm, Sweden
Occupationfolkloricist, author, producer
Known forproprietor of the Folklore Center, Greenwich Village, New York City
ChildrenPhilomène Grandin
Parent(s)Philip Young
Pola Young [1]

Israel Goodman Young or Izzy Young (born 26 March 1928) is a noted figure in the world of folk music, both in America and Sweden. He is the former owner of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village, New York, and since 1973, he has owned and operated the Folklore Centrum store in Stockholm.


Israel Goodman Young was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, to Polish immigrant parents, Philip and Pola Young. His father was a baker. Izzy Young grew up in the Bronx where he finished high school. He attended Brooklyn College. From 1948 to 1952 he worked in his father's bakery in Brooklyn. He later went into the book business.[1]

In 1957, at 110 MacDougal Street in New York City's Greenwich Village, he opened the Folklore Center, a store for books and records and everything related to folk music. It became a focal point for the American folk music scene of the time, a place where one could find such limited circulation publications as Caravan and Gardyloo, both edited and published by Lee Hoffman. From 1959 to 1969, Young wrote a column entitled "Fret and Frails" for the folk music journal Sing Out.[2] He served on the "editorial advisory board" for the magazine until his departure for Sweden a few years later.

Young arranged concerts with folk musicians and songwriters, who often made contacts with other musicians at the Folklore Center. Bob Dylan relates in his memoirs, Chronicles, how he spent time at the Center, where Young allowed him to sit in the backroom of the store, listening to folk music records and reading books. Dylan met Dave Van Ronk in the store, and Young produced Dylan's first concert at Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York City on Saturday, November 4, 1961.[3][4]

Bob Dylan wrote a song about the store and Young entitled "Talking Folklore Center".

Move to Sweden

After developing an interest in Swedish folk music at a festival, Young closed his New York store, and in 1973, he moved to Stockholm where he opened the Folklore Centrum. Originally at Roslagsgatan in the Vasastan, it was located on Wollmar Yxkullsgatan on Södermalm from 1986 until the end of 2018, when Izzy Young retired from an unflaggingly regular series of folk music concerts there spanning decades. The concerts featured prominant traditional Swedish folk musicians, enthusiasts from Stockholm who played music from other places, and international artists from all over the world.

Personal life

He is the father of the actress and television presenter Philomène Grandin.


  • Young, Israel G., My Happy Life On Earth Seems But an Hour - The Poetry of Israel Goodman Young. © 2017 Israel G. Young. Edited by Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman.
  • Young, Israel G., I Like Folk Music - The Essays of Israel Goodman Young. © 2017 Israel G. Young. Edited by Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman.
  • Young, Israel G., The Conscience of the Folk Revival: The Writings of Israel "Izzy" Young, Edited by Scott Baretta © 2013 Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Young, Israel G., One Night Stands - en square-dance kväll med Izzy Young. © 1983 Folklore Centrum.
  • Young, Israel G., Autobiography * The Bronx * 1928-1938. Photographs by David Gahr, Introduction by Moses Asch, © 1969 Folklore Center Press, New York City.


  1. ^ a b Cf. Young, Izzy (2013)
  2. ^ Cohen, Ronald D. (November 2002). Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970. University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 1-55849-348-4.
  3. ^ Dylan, Bob (2004). Chronicles: Volume One. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-2815-4.
  4. ^ "Bob Dylan's Carnegie Hall Debut: A Half Century Later", carnegiehall.org, The Carnegie Hall Corporation, Friday, November 4, 2011

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